Recommended Resources on Nature and Children

To learn more about the importance of nature for a child’s development, please refer to the resources below:

 

Books:

 

Children’s Nature Deficit: What we know – and don’t know by Cheryl Charles and Richard Louv, found here: http://www.natureandforesttherapy.org/uploads/8/1/4/4/8144400/childrens_nature_deficit_disorder_2009.pdf

 

Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children by Angela J. Hanscom

 

Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life by Richard Louv

 

Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv

 

There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather: A Scandinavian Mom’s Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Confident Kids (from Friluftsliv to Hygge) by Linda Åkeson McGurk

 

Neighborhood Greenness Has Long Term Positive Impact on Kids’ Health by ScienceDaily  https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/10/081028074327.htm

 

 

Podcasts:

 

Allison Mitch, Nature Therapy: https://www.napervilleparks.org/podcast/s5-episode-02-nature-therapy

 

 

Websites and Online Resources:

 

What is Nature Therapy?: http://wildwomaninthesuburbs.com/what-is-nature-therapy/

 

Children and Nature Network https://www.childrenandnature.org/ Our family nature meetup has a listing at this website

 

National Wildlife Federation https://kids.nwf.org/Kids.aspx

 

REI offers courses and events, many of which are family-friendly: https://www.rei.com/learn.html 

 

Hike It Baby coordinates local, family-friendly hikes: https://hikeitbaby.com/ 

 

The Outdoor Classroom Project: http://outdoorclassroomproject.org/about/the-outdoor-classroom/ 

 

USDA’s US Forest Service: National programs that reconnect children with nature: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/conservationeducation/programs/national-programs/?cid=stelprdb5107803  

 

Chicago Junior Herp Society, for children of all ages: http://jrherpers.wixsite.com/chsjr 

 

Free Forest School, with locations in Naperville and throughout Chicago: https://www.freeforestschool.org/  

 

For a fun outdoor activity for all ages in all seasons, try geocaching: https://www.geocaching.com/play/search

 

Also consider making and taking kindness rocks: http://thekindnessrocksproject.com/

 

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For more information on offerings, collaboration, or to schedule a private client session, email Dr. Allison Mitch at wildwomaninthesuburbs@gmail.com  Photo is from Pexels